The Importance of Reading & Talking With Young Children
Parents & Caregivers,
Welcome to the our interactive version of our Walking Storytime! Stop in the library to do the Walking version too or download the printable version. Each Storytime will feature one of the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Have Fun!
Reading with young children is the single best way to help them get ready to read. Book sharing provides rich opportunities to develop all six early literacy areas, especially vocabulary and narrative skills. Reading aloud builds background knowledge and comprehension, and fosters print motivation.
Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.
Before listening to the stories ask your child:
What story clues are in the title and the pictures?
Which selection is the fiction story and which selection is the non-fiction story?
Which story would you like to hear and why?
After listening to the stories with your child, continue the experience by asking:
How did the story make you feel?
What did you like or dislike about the story?
Does the story remind you of any other story?
What were you wondering as you listened?
What was your favorite part?
Were there any parts that surprised you?
The Importance of Singing With Young Children
Singing is an effective and natural way to develop language and support the early literacy skills of letter knowledge, phonological awareness and vocabulary.